Sunday, April 4, 2010

Make Your Own Sushi

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Here's an easy way to serve sushi to your guests without spending hours in the kitchen. Simply make a large batch of sushi rice and cut up your favorite sushi ingredients. Place those ingredients on a large platter and let your guests make their own sushi hand rolls themselves.

Fresh ahi, salmon or any sashimi-grade fish
Baby shrimp, cooked
Baked tofu
Shiitake mushrooms (fresh), sauteed in teriyaki sauce
English cucumber
Radish sprouts

Nori (seaweed) cut into fourths
Soy sauce
Pickled ginger, as garnish

Sushi rice:
3 cups Calrose short grain rice, uncooked
3/4 cup white vinegar
3/4 cup sugar

Cook the rice according to package directions. Mix the vinegar and sugar together and pour over the cooked rice until absorbed. Place the sushi rice in a large serving bowl.

Slice all the ingredients so they are the same size, approximately 1/4" by 4" strips. Saute the shiitake mushrooms in a little teriyaki sauce until cooked. Place these ingredients on a large platter (see photo). Serve with the nori (seaweed) and sushi rice. Soy sauce and wasabi can be mixed by your guests in small dishes as a dip. Each guest takes a nori square, spreads a little sushi rice on top along with their favorite ingredients, then curls the nori up to eat. Very delicious!

If your guests don't care for raw fish, you can bake some salmon, slice it into strips and serve that instead.

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